Nov 16, 2006 5:18pm
Re: Favorite St. Stephen?
On 10-13-1968 Bobby laughs and says "yeah, that's right" after the "one man gathers what another man spills" line.
While good, I prefer the 10-12-1968 St. Stephen - check out the "whoah!" Garcia says just before the second solo (at 1:08).
As the "telephone" refrain starts at about 1:45, Bobby or someone shouts out, (what? I can't make it out).
Yes, 10-12-1968 is the one where Bobby shouts out "Funniest thing I ever heard!" after "...spills".
I love the sloppy but energetic solos by Jerry especially in this version, and The Eleven is smoking too.
Other favorite St. Stephens:
10-20-1968 - again nice solos from Jerry, before the tune's riffs became locked down as they did the following year.
12-31-1968 - a couple of interesting versions particularly the 8:20 min. one, possibly a rehearsal (the 8:20 has a few lyric flubs by Jerry, but the riffs are nice and loose).
1-25-1969 - heading towards the Live Dead style version, but playing is still loose and far from etched in stone. Possibly an early 16 track recording. 3-1-1969 sounds more worked out yet lacks luster by comparison. "Except in California!"
4-13-1969 - loose, relaxed, and a lot less lead riffing by Garcia, at first.
5-24-1969 - one of the less tamed versions from 1969. The frantic tempo of 1968 no more, but the song is still evolving. Check out the feedback starting at about 6:00 in
8-30-1969 - down to a snail's pace now, but the riffs are still inventive.
1-2-1970, 5-15-1970 - I keep these in my I-Tunes, but rarely play them... rigor mortis has begun to set the pace of St. Stephen.
8-6-1971 - currently the "newest" version by the original band I can enjoy. This show also a favorite AUD recording - high energy.